In my circle of friends, the story goes (and I’m sure she’ll correct any details I get wrong) that while ago Kathy was in the local supermarket with one of the kids, who was promised a Freddo Frog, but Kathy didn’t have the correct small change handy. Sorry kid, no Freddo this time. Uh oh, prepare for full-volume, DEFCON-1 wailing.
Just in the nick of time, Julia Gillard, standing in the queue behind them, shouted them a Freddo and alleviated eardrum disaster. Onya Julia!
Fast forward to now. Two weeks after Julia Gillard ascended to the position of Prime Minister, her first-female-PM halo is starting to look a little rusty.
Richard DiNatale is obviously biased given he’s the lead Greens candidate for the Senate, but I reckon a few would be agreeing with him:
The pacific solution with a different postcode, the internet filter stays, no price on carbon until 2012. Glad we’ve got a new PM.
On immigration issues, I found myself agreeing thoroughly with this letter in The Age yesterday:
Most desperate targeted
WHY all this fuss about refugees? Don’t people realise that the people who are flooding our cities, inflating our real estate values and putting strains on our community facilities are the legal immigrants: 180,000 so far this year?
Why don’t politicians mention the 50,000 overstayers who come by plane, not by boat? It is the above groups who are stressing our social and physical environment.
We certainly need a population policy for sustainable development rather than a policy of scapegoating the most desperate.
John Addie, Ringwood East
I guess it was asking too much for the pollies, Julia Gillard included, to start focussing on the issues that really matter, rather than the stuff which is high-profile but which is actually pretty minor in the grand scheme of things.
She would have won a lot of friends, and hopefully moulded the ALP’s flawed thinking on the Internet Filter into something reasonable, by moving Conroy out of IT and putting in Kate Lundy, who actually seems to understand it, in instead.
And it does seem that carbon pricing is off the table for now, just as it was under Rudd.
See also: Clarke and Dawe on asylum seekers.
PS. At least the mining tax debate got settled, though I’m not sure us lowly taxpayers got the best deal out of it.